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Early registration fee (until June 7): 410 €
Normal registration fee (until July 15): 460 €
On-site registration fee (after July 15): 510 €
Student registration fee (no time limit): 410 €
Please, note, that in case of cancellation, we are not able to pay back the registration fee after 26 July, 2005.
All prices are in EUR


All foreign visitors must have a valid passport or other travel documents. For visits shorter than 90 days, no visa is required for citizens of most European countries, the United States, Canada, Japan and Israel. Citizens of the European Union, Croatia, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland can visit Hungary with their domestic identity card. Nevertheless, participants are advised to inquire about visa regulations at their travel agency or at the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in their home country. Countries participating in the visa abolition program are listed in the AGREEMENTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY ON ABOLITION OF VISA REQUIREMENTS .

More visa information is available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs VISA information page. . Visa is required for visitors from most Asian countries, and most states of NIS. Those who experience any trouble in getting visa to Hungary should not hesitate to contact the Conference Organisers immediately. The list of Hungarian missions can be found here

Please note, that during the QM2005 Conference Hungary is still not participating in the Schengen agreement of the European Union, hence those, who need visa to Hungary and having a valid EU visa are still required to apply for Hungarian visa, separetely. EU citizens do not need visa, however, there is still an immigration control at the border.


Participants are strongly advised to make their own insurance arrangements. The organisers cannot accept any liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage to property belonging to participants and accompanying persons, either during or as a result of the Conference.

There are some recent changes in mutual acknowlegment of insurance plans of other EU countries. Citizens of the European Union should ask for the E-111 form from their domestic insurance company. For details, please ask your insurance agent.

GPS: N 47° 28' 28"
E 19° 3' 45"
Campus map GIF file A4 printable PS file
Level -1 floor plan GIF file A4 printable PS file
Level 0 floor plan GIF file A4 printable PS file
Level 1 floor plan GIF file A4 printable PS file

you can find the detailed description here.

There are three subway lines, No. 1 (yellow), No. 2 (red) and No. 3 (blue) lines. They are indicated by big M ("Metro") signs of the given color, for example M3 in blue. Tickets are available at most stations.

The Budapest Ferihegy II International Airport is located in the eastern part of Pest. Arriving at the airport after the passport control and baggage claim you may find a registration desk for the Airport Minibus service. The Minibus service serves the whole Budapest area and has fixed prices (2100 HUF one way). We suggest that the participants arriving at the airport use the Minibus service.

There is also a taxi service. In the hall there is a map indicating the prices of a taxi from the Airport to different regions of the city. Taxi drivers are not allowed to leave their cabs, avoid drivers offering their services in the hall.

The Budapest Public Transport operates buses (called "Reptér-busz") between the airport and Kőbánya-Kispest Center (Subway 3, southern terminal station) during working days (between 4.55 AM and 11.20 PM every 15 min, after 7 PM every 20 min, in rush hours every 10 min.) and in week-ends (same timetable, but no rush hours). Regular HUF 145 ticket or pass is needed.

Car rentals: there are several companies on and off site (the latter providing a free shuttle to the renting office). Check with your travel agent.

The three major railway stations, the Nyugati (west), Keleti (east) and Déli (south) are well connected by public transport   ( Budapest Public Transport). On Intercity trains it is also possible to order a taxi on board.

Arriving to the campus:

- from Nyugati railway station take tram No. 4 or 6 direction "Lágymányosi lakótelep" (4) or "Móricz Zs. körtér" (6). Get off at the first stop after crossing the Danube on the Petőfi bridge (stop: "Petőfi híd budai hídfő"). The campus is on the left hand side (south), walk through the park.

- from Keleti railway station take the subway 2 (red line) direction "Déli pályaudvar" till the next stop "Blaha Lujza tér". Change to tram 4 or 6 direction "Lágymányosi lakótelep" (4) or "Móricz Zs. körtér" (6). Get off at the first stop after crossing the Danube on the Petőfi bridge (stop: "Petőfi híd budai hídfő"). The campus is on the left hand side (south), walk through the park.

- from Déli railway station take the subway 2 (red line) direction "Örs vezér tere" till the stop "Blaha Lujza tér". Change to tram 4 or 6 direction "Lágymányosi lakótelep" (4) or "Móricz Zs. körtér" (6). Get off at the first stop after crossing the Danube on the Petőfi bridge (stop: "Petőfi híd budai hídfő"). The campus is on the left hand side (south), walk through the park.

Try to avoid using a car in Budapest, New York City experience is useful. Note, that outside the cities it is obligatory to use headlights. Some important traffic laws are summarized in the Traffic Laws here section.

Arriving to the campus

- from the west (highways M1/M7): Entering the city limits keep to the left two lanes and choose the direction Petőfi híd. Follow the main road. Right before the bridge turn to the right. The campus is on your right hand side. Try to find a parking lot.

- from the east (highway M3): Take the direction Hungária körút / Lágymányosi híd (the main stream). Follow the main road to the south. After crossing the Danube on the Lágymányosi bridge take the first right, keep to the left(most) lane and turn to the left at the traffic light. The campus is on your left hand side. Do not miss the last junction to the left before the bridge.

- from the southeast (highway M5): Continue on the highway in the direction "Centrum" (taking one of the two leftmost lanes to a bridge where 3 lanes end) and continue while the road ends in a T junction after crossing another bridge. Keep to the left and turn left on the (Hungária körút) direction Lágymányosi híd. After crossing the Danube on the Lágymányosi bridge take the first right, keep to the left(most) lane and turn to the left at the traffic light. The campus is on your left hand side. Do not miss the last junction to the left before the bridge.

- from the south (main road 6): Continue straigh along the "Budafoki út". Before the railway bridge turn to the right (direction "Lágymányosi híd") and go straight till the river Danube. Follow the road turning to the left under the Lágymányosi bridge and keep in the left lane. Take the last junction to the left before the Petőfi  bridge. You have arrived.

- from the north (main road 2): Use connecting highways 2A and M0 to highway M3. Follow direction for highway M3.

The traffic laws in Hungary generally are the same as elsewhere in Europe. The traffic is right handed. Normally, vehicles coming from the right have the yield unless posted otherwise. Turning right at red traffic signals is not allowed unless an extra green arrow-shaped light is on.
A new feature is the red light with an additional green uparrow, meaning that turning traffic should halt, but straight traffic may pass.
    No alcohol (0 ‰) is allowed during driving.
Safety laws:
  • Outside cities the use of headlights is obligatory (even during daytime).
  • Use of safety belts is obligatory (even in the back) both within city limits and outside.
  • Children under age of 12 or height 150 cm should use special child-seats.
    Flashing may have several meanings:
  • Go ahead.
  • Speed trap ahead.
  • Something is wrong with your vehicle or your driving.

Speed limits:
130 km/h
Divided main road
110 km/h
main road
90 km/h
50 km/h

Fast Introduction to the Hungarian language

Hungarian language belongs to the Finno-Ugric family and is a (distant) relative of the Finnish and Estonian languages (separated from them almost 5000 years ago), hence has very few things in common with most of the Europian languages. The closest relatives are some rare languages in Siberia. Hungarian is an agglutinative language, meaning that it relies heavily on suffixes and prefixes (with a tremendous variety, categorizing them yields 150 different 'cases'). The grammar is seemingly complex, yet there is no gender (even she and he are not distinguished). The alphabet is latin with some extensions.


letters b, d, f, g, h, k, l, m, n, p, r, t, v, z are pronounced as in English, with the following rules

  • g is always hard as in 'gun', never soft as in 'gem'
  • r is rolled off the tongue, though not really trilled
  • t is pronounced with the tongue touching the back of the teeth (dental)
The following consonants are pronounced and/or spelled differently than in English, and require special attention:
  • c is pronounced like the ts in 'bats'
  • cs is the English ch as in 'check'
  • gy is one sound pronounced like dy, or the d in 'adulation'
  • j, ly are both pronounced as y like 'yes'
  • ny is pronounced like the Spanish ñ and like the ni in the English word 'onion'
  • s Be careful! This is always pronounced like sh as in 'shun' and 'ship'
  • sz like a regular English s as in 'sell', never pronounced as a z like 'rose
  • ty a soft t sound, pronounced much as it looks; say 'at your' fast
  • zs like the s in 'pleasure'
The letters q, w, x, y are not Hungarian and appear only in foreign words or in some family names. The English sound /j/ as in 'jet' appears in foreign words and is spelled dzs in Hungarian.

Note: Double consonants are pronounced long, like the final and initial /k/ sound in 'book-case'. When a double consonant occurs at the end of a word, try to linger on the sound slightly. With consonants like gy, ny, ty, sz etc. only the first letter of the cluster is doubled (ssz, ggy, etc.)


  • a hard to describe, but rather like the sound in 'awe' and the British 'hot'
  • á a very open sound, between the a in 'matter' and the a in (American) 'father'
  • e the sound in 'set' and 'bed'
  • é Like the sound in 'way' but with the back of the tongue higher in the mouth
  • i not quite as short as the sound in 'sit', more like the short ee in 'feet' and 'meet'
  • í a long ee as in 'feed' and 'bleed'
  • o like the sound in 'stole' and 'sold'
  • ó a long o, as in 'rogue' and 'rode'
  • u a short oo as in 'boot'
  • ú a long oo as in 'food' and 'cool'
  • ö as in German ö, say French 'peu' and 'le'
  • ő a longer version of ö, like German 'schön' 
  • ü like German ü and French u as in 'début'. English speakers, round lips as if to say o but say ee
  • ű a longer version of ü
Note: There are no diphthongs in Hungarian, so always pronounce each vowel separately.


Stress in Hungarian falls on the first syllable of the word. The accent marks over the various vowels DO NOT alter stress, but rather the quality of the vowel. And although stress is on the first syllable, every syllable is pronounced distinctly (unlike English, where many unstressed vowels become schwa and the ends of words are often swallowed).

Basic vocabulary (see http://dict.sztaki.hu/english-hungarian for a Engish - Hungarian dictionary)

  • magyar (remember gy is pronounced like dy) - Hungarian
  • igen - yes
  • nem - no, not
  • köszönöm - thank you
  • Jó reggelt - Good morning
  • Jó napot  - Hello (literally 'good day')
  • Jó estét  - Good evening
  • Jó éjszakát  - Good night
  • Viszontlátásra - Goodbye
  • viszlát - Goodbye (shorter form, originally informal, however today is widely accepted)
  • angol - English
  • amerikai (remember to pronounce the last two vowels separately) - American
  • cseh - Czech
  • francia - French
  • japán  Japanese
  • kínai - Chinese
  • lengyel - Polish
  • német - German
  • olasz - Italian
  • orosz - Russian
  • spanyol - Spanish
  • szlovák - Slovakian
  • vagyok - I am. E.g. Francia vagyok - I am French.
  • beszél angolul? - Do you speak English? (... franciául? ... németül? ... spanyolul? etc.)
  • kórház - hospital
  • rendőrség - police
  • élelmiszerbolt - grocery
  • bevásárlóközpont - mall
  • villamos - tram, streetcar
  • busz - bus (pronounced as 'boos' with short vowel!)
  • troli - trolley-bus
  • buszjegy - busticket (for the underground, bus, tram, trolley and suburban trains inside Budapest)
  • Hol vehetek buszjegyet? - Where can I buy a bus ticket?
  • étterem - restaurant
  • egy - 1
  • kettő -2
  • három - 3
  • négy - 4
  • öt - 5
  • hat - 6
  • hét - 7
  • nyolc - 8
  • kilenc - 9
  • tíz - 10